Director of Center for Community Engagement

Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts-based University built upon the Lordship of Jesus Christ as evidenced historically and revealed in the Scriptures.

Job Title: Director of Center for Community Engagement

Department: Center for Community Engagement

Reports To: Associate Provost

FLSA Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Time Requirements: 40 hours a week, some nights and weekends

Summary Description: The Director leads the university’s efforts to maintain strong and meaningful community-based partnerships, assists faculty and staff with all community engagement programming, and oversees the daily operations of the Center for Community Engagement, located in the Division of Academic Affairs under the supervision of the Associate Provost and Provost.

Functional Description:

  1. As an intentionally Christian academic community, Christian employees are hired to advance the mission of Carson-Newman as expressed in our strategic plan, Acorns to Oaks.
  2. Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of all center operations, develops and maintains organizational structure, and budgets. 
  3. Leads the Center in aligning the Center’s mission and activities with the university’s mission and confessional identity.
  4. Manages personnel over all the Center’s programming, including Bonner Scholars, Community Connections, Faith & Justice Scholars, Service Corps, and Eagles Engage.
  5. Represents the organization to regulatory bodies, other agencies, community and civic organizations, donors, funders and supporters, and the public.
  6. Serves on related committees, including Community Service & Service Learning Committee, Diversity & Equity Committee, and the Operation InAsMuch Planning Team.
  7. Other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Oversees all Center for Community Engagement professional staff, as well as all student workers and students serving in the CCE’s scholarship programs.

Education: Must possess a Master’s degree, Ph.D. preferred.

Experience: minimum of 3-5 years or more in organizational development, student development, service-learning/civic engagement, program administration, and/or nonprofit administration.

Required Skills:

  1. Ability to articulate strong connections between Christian faith and community development
  2. Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of community agencies and nonprofits
  3. Strong organizational & communication skills
  4. Demonstrated ability to work well within racially and ethnically diverse groups.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The Director often participates in service with community partners, including tasks such as sorting donations, preparing food, gardening, yard work, and/or construction. It is helpful for the Director to help lift boxes and load/unload luggage on trips with students.

General Information: This description is designed to describe the general nature of the job and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and duties. It is the responsibility of the supervisor for this position to formally outline in writing any performance expectations including specific duties for which the employee assigned to this position will be held accountable in terms of performance evaluation.

Employee Expectations: The University expects all employees to conduct themselves in a manner that is appropriate for a Christian institution and to be worthy examples in moral conduct and behavior for the students of the University and fellow employees.

Date of Issue: 09/2009 Date Revised: 02/2022

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